AfricAvenir and the FNCC present the Namibian premiere of the award-winning film Teza by acclaimed Ethiopian director Haile Gerima, on Wednesday, 12 September at 18h30 at the FNCC in Windhoek. The screening is hosted with the support of the Institute Francais.
This Ethiopia / Germany 2008 co-production, shot in Amharic, with English subtitles, is set during the repressive regime of Ethiopian dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu. Teza unfolds through the eyes of a German-educated intellectual, Anberber, who returns to his homeland full of naive idealism after the deposition of Haile Selassie.
The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland. Above all Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.
In reviewing the film Ted Fry of the Seattle Times wrote: “Both intimate and sprawling in its scope and reach… a remarkable portrait of the tortured political and social history that Ethiopia suffered in the last decades of the 20th century.”
Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker of distinction who has served as a distinguished professor of film at Howard University in Washington DC since 1975. Born in Ethiopia, Gerima is perhaps best known as the writer, producer, and director of the acclaimed 1993 film, Sankofa.
Entrance to the screening is free.